Its a familiar sight around San Antonio, and last night it was residents of the upscale Metrocom suburb of Cibolo who were protesting against plans for a toll road in their community, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The City of Cibolo, along with regional transportation planners, have come up with a scheme to expand FM 1103 to create the Cibolo Parkway, a seven mile long extension of FM 1103, to connect I-10 and I-35.
A group called 'Citizens Against Cibolo Toll Roads' filled a cafeteria at Cibolo Valley Elementary School last night to oppose the plan, which they say would 'cut through the community and wreak havoc on homes and farms along its path.'
They are also angry that the plan, which they say would be the largest project in the history of the city, has never been put up for a vote of the public.
Cibolo says the project would relieve congestion, provide connectivity between the two major Interstate highways, and would provide new economic opportunities, boosting the city and the SCUC ISD's tax base.
Local citizens have been protesting against toll roads for years, successfully pressuring transportation planners to remove toll lanes from expanded stretches of US 281 and Interstate 10 on the far northwest side.